Sunday, October 1, 2017

Star News 10/01/17

UES Star News
October 1, 2017

2017-2018 School Year

Gold-star-clipart-2.jpgThis Week in Star NewsGold-star-clipart-2.jpg

-PTO October Letter

-Family Portrait Fundraiser

-Breakfast with a Buddy

-UE Birthday Book Club

-Direct Donation Tax Letters Coming Home

-Brain Based Strategies Presentation

-MLK Coin Challenge

-Fall Festival Yearbook Photos Request

-Stars for Service

-Library Volunteers

-Remind App

-Science Explorers

-Unionville Community Fair

-Save the Date Events

-Community Bulletin Board Highlights


From the PTO Desk...

PTO October Letter

Happy Fall! What a way to start the season! Our Fall Festival was a huge success. The PTO would like to THANK all the parents and teachers who took time out of their busy Saturday to help run this event. We had a beautiful day full of games, donuts, and community fun; not to mention we raised over 3,000 dollars. We will be able to do some amazing things for our students and teachers with money raised from this event.
We also would like to THANK all who donated to the direction donation program. We just about matched last year's dollars. Remember all donations from our direction donation program, 100% of the money, will go directly to the PTO, giving so much back to our children and teachers.  
The PTO is in full swing and our first meeting was a great success; we had an amazing attendance. Thank you to everyone for coming.  Keep up with Star News this month.  You will see some other indirect giving options that can bring in significant funds for our school. Please take the time to sign up for these. Every little bit helps, and they are really easy ways for us to make some money without costing you a dime. If you have not had the opportunity to sign up to help with any PTO events, there is a list of committee chairs on the PTO website. Please don't hesitate to contact any of them.
The Unionville Community Fair will be starting 10/6/2017. Please take time out of your weekend to support the Fair. We are extremely lucky to have a local fair supporting our farmers and fire departments, as well as, the Kennett Cupboard. See below for different links. The Denim and Diamond Gala kicks off on Thursday, 10/5. Do you have amazing crafts, paintings, and Lego creations? If so, enter them into the fair on Wednesday, 10/4. This is such a fun activity for the children. 
During the month of October, we have many days off,  and many events scheduled, so put them in your calendar now.  We are beginning this month to prepare for the MLK Day of Service. UE will be working with Cuddles for Chemo and making blankets for children undergoing treatment at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. Throughout the month of October, we will have a coin drive to raise money to buy the fleece. Start looking under those cushions and let's help our children see how good it feels to help others.
Other activities :
Picture Day  - 10/11/2017
Community Fair  - 10/6 - 10/8/2017
School Closed - 10/9/2017 & 10/19/2017
PTO Meeting - 10/20/2017
Breakfast with a Buddy 10/25 & 10/26/2017
Book Fair - 10/26 - 10/27/2017
Halloween Parade - 10/31/2017
Thank you in advance for all of your support this year.  We are very excited that the new school year has gone so smoothly and that we have had so much parent participation.  It is a true testament to what a great school and community we have here at UE. Now, go get those costumes ready!  Halloween is just around the corner!

Family Portrait Fundraiser

The UE PTO has once again teamed up with photographer, Jordan Hayman, to offer family portraits.  Portraits will be taken at the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance (BVA) on October 21st and October 22nd, and a portion of the sitting fee will be given back to the PTO.  These will make beautiful holiday gifts.  Sessions filled up quickly last year, so sign up soon! See Family Portrait SignUp Genius here.

Breakfast with a Buddy 

UE's Annual Breakfast with a Buddy will be held on October 25th & 26th during the Book Fair. Please attend and volunteer if you can. Make a date for your child now with a family member or friend for Breakfast with a Buddy.

When: During the Book Fair, October 25th and 26th at 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
What: Bring a parent, grandparent, other family member, or friend for bagels, donuts, fruit, and beverages…and maybe a little Book Fair shopping!
Where: UE Cafeteria
Last names A-M encouraged to attend Wednesday, October 25th
Last names N-Z encouraged to attend Thursday, October 26th
Volunteers are needed to make this event a success—please visit this SignUp Genius to volunteer. For more information, contact Kate Tomasco.

UE Birthday Book Club – September and October Birthdays

You're invited to join the Unionville Elementary School Birthday Book Club! It's an opportunity for your child to celebrate his or her big day -- or a friend's birthday -- by giving a gift of reading to our school and to support our library by adding a book chosen from a carefully selected book list. Please e-mail Mrs. Langdon for any book-related questions and e-mail Sunanda for any club-specific question.

Please click here for more information and to get started!

Direct Donation Tax Letters Coming Home

If you’ve made a tax-deductible donation to Unionville Elementary through the Direct Donation program so far this year, your confirmation letter for tax purposes will be coming home in an envelope with your child the week of October 2. If you don’t receive your letter or have any questions, please contact Kate Tomasco.


Brain Based Strategies in Education and Growth Mindset Presentation

UCFSD, along with the Franklin Institute, invite all K-5 parents to attend a presentation on November 8, 2017 at 7pm at Pocopson Elementary School. Topics include memory, learning styles, attitude, studying, growth, grouping, and perseverance. See this flyer for more information and registration.

MLK Coin Challenge

Unionville Elementary will be holding a coin collection competition from October 2 - October 31, 2017. Students will compete to be the Grade Level that collects the most money in coins.  The coin competition will benefit our school wide Martin Luther King Day project and will be used to purchase materials needed to make fleece blankets (“Blankets for Buddies”) on MLK day.  The blankets along with other needed items will be donated to children with long term illnesses at AI Dupont Hospital.  A prize will be awarded for the grade level that has the “tallest” amount of coins on October 13th. The grand prize of a pizza party will be awarded to the grade level that can collect the most money at the end of the competition! 

Fall Festival Yearbook Photos Request

Did you take some beautiful shots at the 1st UE Fall Festival? The UE Yearbook would love to include some of your photos in this year's yearbook. Please upload your photos to the UE yearbook community library through Lifetouch Yearbooks here. Our school's access code is WWJAAJ. 

Stars for Service

We are looking for two people to run UE's community service club. Boys and girls of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade are invited to donate their time for the good of our community. During the monthly meetings (November to May), the students participate in different service projects. In the past, Stars for Service has conducted a food drive, created holiday decorations, maintained a food garden at UE, and donated bag lunches. We depend on volunteers to organize the meetings and projects. Please sign up and help UE students learn that all of us can make a difference in our community. 

Library Volunteers Needed

The UE Library needs volunteers on Mondays or Wednesdays.  This is a 1 to 2 hour commitment, twice a month. Volunteers are needed to help keep our library organized by re-shelving books, straightening shelves, and helping with special library projects. Email Julie Block at for more information.

Remind App

Would you like to receive text reminders from the PTO?  Subscribe to the Remind app NOW! Download the free app. Text @uepto to 81010 to begin receiving school related reminders.

Science Explorers 

Science Explorers After-School Science Clubs for students in grades 1-5 will be held at Unionville Elementary Monday or Thursday afternoons from 3:45pm to 4:45pm beginning September 25th. See flyer below for more details.
Science Explorers Flyer 


Unionville Community Fair 

It's almost here! The Unionville Community Fair is held from September 28-October 8 at the Willowdale Steeplechase property. From livestock shows to local food, live music and a rodeo, cow pie bingo and contests, the annual Unionville Community Fair has it all! This local event, which has been running for more than 90 years, offers many fun family activities--below are just a few. Visit the Unionville Fair website here for more information.

Craft Entries:
Have your kids been getting their artwork and crafts ready? Entries are due October 4th. See the website here for details on when and where to drop off your crafts or harvest items, as well as guidelines and judging information.

Denim and Diamonds Dinner:
Denim & Diamonds will again be held in the Red Exhibit Barn on Thursday evening, October 5th. Put on your denim, add some sparkle, and enjoy a fun evening out. The food is catered by some favorites from past years and some new ones too. All information can be found here.

Lip Sync Contest:
Calling all future performers, the Lip Sync Contest will take place on the main stage of the Fair on Friday 10/6 from 6pm to 8pm--a fun event for all! See details here!

Scarecrow Building Contest:
Come build a scarecrow from scratch! This event will be held Saturday, October 7th, from 10am until 12pm. See here for more information about contest categories and guidelines.


 Gold-star-clipart-2.jpgSave the Date EventsGold-star-clipart-2.jpg

-Unionville Community Fair - 10/6/17-10/8/17

-UE Picture Day - 10/11/17

-PTO Meeting - 10/20/17

-Book Fair - 10/25/17, 10/26/17, 10/27/17

-Breakfast with a Buddy - 10/26/17, 10/27/17

Gold-star-clipart-2.jpgThis Week's HighlightsGold-star-clipart-2.jpg

- UTHON Bates Motel Fundraiser

-Unionville Community Bike Drive

-West Chester Lightning Girls' Basketball

-West Chester Studio for Performing Arts Fall Classes

-Brandywine Red Clay Fall Programs

For more listings and details, check out The Community Bulletin Board


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